Elevating Others, the 2019 LinkedIn Landscape & Living True Leadership | John Eades

John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft a leadership development company that exists to turn managers into leaders and create healthier places to work.  In this episode, John teaches you how to foster a healthy workplace culture, develop your leadership skills, and lead your life more effectively.  Company culture is incredibly important in order for any business or company to succeed.  Learning what true leadership looks like.  Linkedin best practices for a growing a brand in 2019.  He is also the author of the upcoming book “Elevate Others” and is the host of the ‘Follow My Lead’ Podcast. He writes or has been featured on Inc.com, LinkedIn Pulse, TrainingIndustry.com, eLearningIndustry.com, CNBC Money, and more.


Favorite Success Quote

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”


Key Points

1. Commit And Learn Gradually

John shares about the commitment he made to write one article per week on LinkedIn.com.  After four years he has achieved success on LinkedIn and he now contributes four times per month to Inc.com.  Be honest about the fact that you are on your journey as well (you are applying the things you teach in your own life and company).

2. Solve Your Own Problem and Start By Looking In The Mirror

If you could solve a problem for yourself, you can then help others solve the same problem in their life and business.  John had to solve the problem of “how do you lead other people to get the performance your company needs?”  He began devouring leadership material.  He then started the “Follow My Lead” podcast in order to learn for himself.  He allowed his curiosity to lead him to use his podcast.  He used this platform to ask leaders how they successfully lead.    

3. I Have To Go Be Better

If you are going to get better, your statement has to start with “I”.  If it is everyone else’s problem, then there’s no ownership there.  You have to admit where you have made mistakes.  You have to say and admit where you did something wrong.  Let your team know when you’ve made mistakes and that you are committed to getting better.  This boosts company morale and is an effective form of leadership.  A true leader is someone who’s actions inspire, empower, and serve, in order to elevate others over an extended period of time.

The Heart Healthy Hustle Round

Heart: What activity do you use to care for and strengthen your internal character? 

Be careful of your ingestions.  John shares that he is careful with what he ingests in every aspect of his life.  Be careful of what you put in.  What shows are you watching?  What music are you listening to?  Are these helping you to become the leader you know you can be?  Be fanatical about what goes in (eyes, mouth, and ears!).

Health: How do you maintain your physical health and avoid burn out?

John’s work partner Gordon has encouraged him greatly in health.  Have an accountability partner in health and wellness.  Implement a morning routine and have an early start.  John shares that he has better luck when he works out before he can say no. 

Hustle: What’s your main motivation for doing what you do?  And why is it not even optional to hustle to the max of your potential?

John has a deep purpose and conviction to do what he needs to do.  John says he is just here to serve.  He believes that God has given him many gifts and wants to make sure he does not waste them.

Influential Books

The Father’s Tale  by Michael O’Brien

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones  by James Clear

Elevate Others  by John Eades  (Available in September 2019)


“The Park Bench Paradigm”

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your younger self and why? 


“God’s got big plans for you man.  Don’t give up.”


Connect with John Eades

John on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johngeades/ 

John’s IG:  @johngeades

Follow My Lead Podcast

Leadership blogs, Podcasts, and to work with John Eades: https://learnloft.com

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